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Around the World in Books with We Are LIT

Around the World in Books with We Are LIT

Travel around the world in books with We Are LIT's curated audiobook list featuring brilliant works of fiction centered on stories of culture, faith, family, history, love, mystery, and politics - as told from locales around the globe.

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The Book of Not

Nervous Conditions: Book #3

By Tsitsi Dangarembga
Narrated by: Chipo Chung
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

The Book of Not continues the saga of Tambudzai, picking up where Nervous Conditions left off. As Tambu begins secondary school at the Young Ladies’ College of the Sacred Heart, she is still reeling from the personal losses that war has inflicted upon her family—her uncle and sister were injured in a mine explosion. Soon she’ll come face to... Read more »

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The Minister Primarily

A Novel

By John Oliver Killens
Narrated by: Nyambi Nyambi
Length: 17 hours 19 minutes

A major literary event—the eagerly anticipated publication of a long-lost novel from legendary writer and three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee John Oliver Killens, hailed as the founding father of the Black Arts Movement and mentor to celebrated writers, including Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Arthur Flowers, and Terry McMillan.

Wanderlust has taken...

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Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer

By Jamie Figueroa
Narrated by: Joana Garcia
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer

“One of a number of excellent debut novels already out in the still-new year, this is a singular work. Taking on the coming-of-age from young adulthood into something deeper and more mature, the story follows a sister and brother as they reckon with their mother’s passing and begin to understand what life should and should not be as it gets lived. Their tourist town of Ciudad de Tres Hermanas gives us not only a vivid picture of the present but casts a knowing eye on the layers of the past. Beautifully done.”

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It Is Wood, It Is Stone

A Novel

By Gabriella Burnham
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 6 hours 21 minutes

“A lush depiction of privilege and power, sex and stability . . . following three women in São Paulo . . . It Is Wood, It Is Stone is an elegant arrival of a new talent.”—Elle 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Good Housekeeping Marie Claire • Harper’s Bazaar Publishers Weekly

With sharp, gorgeous prose, It Is Wood, It Is Stone takes... Read more »

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A River Called Time

A Novel

By Courttia Newland
Narrated by: Michael Obiora
Length: 18 hours 17 minutes

A monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics, and conscience, set in parallel Londons.

"This mystical coming-of-age sure to please fans of thought-provoking speculative fiction."
—Publishers Weekly

"A River Called Time is a masterful reimagining of the African diaspora's influence on England, and on the world. It's a... Read more »

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The Streets Have No Queen

By JaQuavis Coleman
Narrated by: Ellis Park
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

As a painter travels the world and creates his art, he also mourns the death of his Queen, his wife. He is secluded from the world and finds an escape through the drawings in his work. Not until he gets an unexpected knock at his door does his life take a drastic turn. The guest presents a problem that traps them inside of a home for seventy-two...

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The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

By Michael Zapata
Narrated by: Coral Peña
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

“A book about Hurricane Katrina, pirates and Dominicanas, luminous science fiction worlds, portals, and refugees all drawn seamlessly together in an enveloping arc that follows the manuscript of Adana Moreau, and those pulled into its orbit. Zapata also asks deeper questions about disasters and home, and their place in our lives, while immersing us in an exceptionally written, unforgettable story.”

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A novel

By Xander Miller
Narrated by: Clifford Samuel
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Set in Haiti, a breathtaking love story—a saga of passion, tenacity, and hope in the face of disaster

We first meet Zwazo Delalun, or Zo, during his childhood, in the 1990s, in a fishing village on the western tip of Haiti. An orphan, he learns to swim and fish, then to harvest almonds and cut cane. He... Read more »

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The Celestine Prophecy

A Concise Guide to the Nine Insights Featuring Original Essays & Lectures by the Author

By James Redfield
Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips & James Redfield
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

The #1 bestselling phenomenon with millions of copies sold around the world -- now with a guide to creating your own Celestine Prophecy experience.

You have never read a book like this before--a book that comes along once in a lifetime to change lives forever.

In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript has been discovered. Within its... Read more »

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Red Island House

A Novel

By Andrea Lee
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

Red Island House

“Shay, an African American professor married to a brash Italian businessman, is seduced by the beauty and exoticism of Madagascar. The lavish Red Island House her husband builds (supposedly for her but more as a testament to his success) affords Shay a dream vacation home, but as she navigates her role as its mistress, she must also come to terms with the effects of colonialism on the people of this island nation, a people with whom she shares skin color and a legacy. Across 20 years, Lee weaves stories of those who arrogantly deem a paradise for their taking with those left grasping for what is rightfully theirs. This is a provocative tale of magic, power, and identity.”

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

A Novel

By Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Narrated by: Arina Ii
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

“This was the most interesting and wholesome take on time travel I have ever read. Everything in the world is totally normal, but if you sit in a specific seat in a specific cafe in Tokyo, you can travel back in time. There are some rules in order to time travel, but my favorite one? You can only stay in the past for as long as your coffee is warm. This charming and emotional story of four different women teaches about the importance of making the most with the time you’re given.”

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Fifty Words for Rain

A Novel

By Asha Lemmie
Narrated by: Robin Eller, Siho Ellsmore, Katharine Lee McEwan, Jeena Yi, Sarah Skaer & Louis Ozawa
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes

Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller!
From debut author Asha Lemmie, “a lovely, heartrending story about love and loss, prejudice and pain, and the sometimes dangerous, always durable ties that link a family together.” —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Nightingale

Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do... Read more »

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The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Patti Murin
Length: 15 hours 47 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.


Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant... Read more »

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A Burning

A novel

By Megha Majumdar
Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar, Deepti Gupta, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Soneela Nankani & Neil Shah
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes

A Burning

“A Burning tells the all-too-believable story of Javin, a teen-age girl in India who has left school, despite being an excellent student, to get a job and help her struggling family. After a comment against the government on facebook, she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, largely because she is a Muslim. Her story is the central of three comprising the novel. PT Sir is Javin’s physical education teacher who, largely through chance, becomes involved with the leading nationalist political party. And Lovely is a trans woman aspiring to be a film star whom Jivan is tutoring in English. As Jivan’s arrest and trial unfold, the stories of all three characters develop in alternating chapters told from each of their points of view. This novel is not only a compelling tale of each of the characters’ lives and the impact of PT Sir’s and Lovely’s actions on Jivan’s fate, but it is a critical examination of nationalism in India today – and thus a cautionary tale about nationalist extremism anywhere in the world.”

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Arrows of Rain

By Okey Ndibe
Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

Originally published in Heineman's prestigious "African Writers Series," this is Arrows'first publication in the US. Coming only months after the whirlwind of publicity for Foreign Gods, Inc., we expect continued attention for Okey Ndibe as a major new voice in world literature. Set in a fictitious post-colonial African nation, the discovery of... Read more »

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A Novel

By Phil Klay
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Cynthia Farrell, Henry Leyva & Anthony Rey Perez
Length: 14 hours 28 minutes

One of President Obama's Favorite Books of the Year | A New York Times Notable Book | One of the Wall Street Journal Ten Best Books of the Year

"Missionaries is a courageous book: It doesn’t shy away, as so much fiction does, from the real world.” —Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The New York Times Book Review

“A sweeping, interconnected novel of ideas in...
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American Spy

A Novel

By Lauren Wilkinson
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

American Spy

“Part literary fiction, part spy novel, punctuated by black American history, Lauren Wilkinson’s debut novel crosses time periods and genres. This unflinching portrayal of a young black woman who becomes a Fed during the height of the Cold War is based on the true story of Thomas Sankara, known as “Africa’s Che Guevara.” Politics, illicit relationships, and family drama all converge in this tale of American history, disguised as a thriller, written like a memoir. Be brave. Be groundbreaking. Take risks. Live to see the consequences of your actions and to be bold another day.”

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These Ghosts are Family

A Novel

By Maisy Card
Narrated by: Karl O’Brian Williams
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

PEN/Hemingway Award For Debut Novel Finalist​
Shortlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

A “rich, ambitious debut novel” (The New York Times Book Review) that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations, in the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Stanford Solomon’s shocking,... Read more »

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The Henna Artist

The Jaipur Trilogy: Book #1

By Alka Joshi
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes



"Captivated me from the first chapter to the final page."—Reese Witherspoon

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at... Read more »

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The Mountains Sing

By Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Narrated by: Quyen Ngo
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

The Mountains Sing

“Deep human bonds of family, place, and memory are written of in ways that are often heartbreaking, but show the strength and persistence of those ties. This is a book that glows with spirit and those larger life forces that include love. I look forward to the day I can put this book in readers' hands.”

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